There is little question that Joss Whedon’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron is our most anticipated film of the upcoming summer blockbuster season. Ever since the credits began to roll on The Avengers back in 2012, we have been eagerly anticipating the sequel, and endlessly speculating about how its story would unfold and where it would leave things in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. To help answer the second half of that mystery, Whedon recently went on record saying that we can expect the climax of the film to be "completely unhinged" and that the movie will be "larger" than its predecessor – but what exactly could that mean?

Strapping on our thinking caps and analyzing the recently revealed quotes from the Avengers 2 director, we’ve come up with three potential ways scenarios that could explain the filmmakers comments, and make Age of Ultron an even bigger spectacle than its massive, stunning predecessor.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron
3. Death, Death, And More Death
Though he doesn’t enjoy being labeled as the guy who kills off his best characters, Joss Whedon is tremendously skilled and experienced in scripting meaningful and dramatic death scenes. He understands like few other filmmakers that extreme consequences are sometimes necessary for a piece of fiction’s stakes to feel real, and there are many notable instances throughout his career where he has made this point. So why should we believe that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is any different?

We saw many Marvel characters narrowly escape the clutches of death in the MCU’s Phase II – including Agent Phil Coulson, Pepper Potts, and Nick Fury– but The Avengers: Age of Ultron could be Whedon’s opportunity to earn those resurrections in retrospect. Obviously there are certain characters who can’t be touched simply because we know of sequel deals in place, but there are others who are totally fair game. And there should be plenty of opportunity to narratively carry out this dark deed if the third act is as huge as we expect…

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